Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

Forest Therapy Guide Training

United Kingdom - Cohort 24

Cohort

23

May 19, 2018
to
May 27, 2018
Weeklong Intensive: 19-27 May 2018 | Practicum Ends: 27 Nov 2018

Duration
6 months training +
4 day immersion
Hybrid Format
Remote Live Calls +
In Person Immersion
US$ 2995.00 +
US$495 (Travel expenses, lodging and meals not incl.)

Schedule for Live Events

Dartington Hall is the largest medieval manor in western England. With over 800 acres of verdant forests, abundant wildlife, and clear rivers, it serves as a wonderful backdrop for Forest Therapy Guide training. The training will be held on the Dartington Estate and no commuting will be necessary unless you are staying off-site. There may be one day when the group travels to a nearby location.

What is Included in the Training? 

14 modules, over
120 lessons
Over 14 live calls with your trainers and cohort
Small group discussion calls with trainers
Downloadable manual
30+ short videos, recorded by different trainers
40+ assignments/ self exploration activities
20+ nature connection activities
Access to research papers and studies
Fun Facts and Reflections
Remote Forest Therapy walks guided by trainers
Guide your own walks and debrief them
Access to the largest forest therapy guide's community worldwide

Registering for a training begins by completing an application which may take 20-30 minutes. This application is a way for us to get to know you and to determine if we think you will make a good forest therapy guide. Once your application is received, our admissions team will review it and, if you are accepted into the program, send an acceptance letter within three weeks. This letter will contain all the information for next steps, including a registration link to reserve your space in the training. To promote an optimal learning environment, we generally cap enrollment at 21 participants per training. Applications we receive after we have filled the training will be placed on a waitlist. If an accepted applicant drops out, we will contact the next applicant on the waitlist until the training is full again.

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About the Venue:
VENUE
Dartington Hall UK
The Elmhirst Centre, Dartington Hall, Totnes TQ9 6EL, United Kingdom
Totnes TQ9 6EL
Devon
England, UK
https://www.dartington.org/
reservations@dartingtonhall.com

Dartington Hall is the largest medieval manor in western England. With over 800 acres of verdant forests, abundant wildlife, and clear rivers, it serves as a wonderful backdrop for Forest Therapy Guide training. The training will be held on the Dartington Estate and no commuting will be necessary unless you are staying off-site. There may be one day when the group travels to a nearby location.

LODGING

Private Student Accommodation:

Private, locking room with sink and access to shared bathrooms. Lodging includes breakfast only though other meals are available for purchase on site. Participants can book and pay directly through Dartington Hall. Reserved rooms for Perry (the private student accommodations) are £35 a night and include breakfast. Smoking is prohibited in accommodations. Towels and bedding will be provided. Check in on the first day will be at 2:00pm and check out on the last day will be at 10:00am. Participant s may store their bags in the meeting room on the final day after checking out.

There is also camping available. To inquire about camping,  contact Dartington Hall directly. At the campsites, there will be hot and cold water, toilets, and pay shower facilities available. Electricity (available on accessible pitches only) costs extra but is available as well.  

Reservations for rooms and camping can be made at reservations@dartingtonhall.com once you have confirmed your enrollment into the program. Please make sure to let them know that you are part of the ANFT group.

MEALS
  • Several restaurants are on-site at Dartington Hall with a range of dietary options. For more info visit https://www.dartington.org/visit/food-drink/
  • Cooking: There is no place on site where guests can cook. Cooking is permitted at the campsites but you must bring your own equipment
  • The town of Dartington has a small convenience store
TRANSPORTATION

The nearest airport is located at Exeter, which is around a 30-40 minute drive. The nearest rail station is at Totnes, approximately 1.5 miles from Dartington. This is also a bus that serves Dartington Hall from Buckfastleigh and Totnes. Guests who have booked accommodations at Dartington Hall will be able to validate their vehicles at check-in.

Dartington Hall offers a helpful guide for getting to its grounds via bus, train, car, and bicycle. Click here

GENERAL NOTES

Our UK location is at Dartington Hall, the largest medieval manor house and property in the West of England.

Tuition

Trainers

Our trainers are among the most experienced guides in the world and each one undergoes a rigorous training process beyond their certification as guides. The trainers listed below are subject to change based on trainer availability. No matter which trainers you work with, you will be taught by the best in the field.

Entrenadores

Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). After studying Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, in 2004 Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. By 2008 he no longer identified as Buddhist, instead preferring the nameless and sometimes unnamable experiences he had in natural settings, and had been having since early childhood. This led to a deepening inquiry regarding relationships between humans and the more-than-human world. Between 2010 and 2012 Amos took his inquiry into wild places, and with the help of School of Lost Borders and Men of Spirit he had a year of intense wilderness practice, which led to the vision for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, Amos founded ANFT in 2012 and over the next two years developed what is now known as the "Standard Sequence" of the ANFT school of Forest Therapy. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. He teaches about Forest Therapy and leads retreats internationally.

Certification Pathway

STEP 1
6-month remote training
STEP 2
4-day in-person immersion
STEP 3
Get your certification
STEP 1
You will start with a 6-month remote training, covering the content on live calls with the support of your trainers, fellow students, a very user friendly learning platform, many self exploration and nature connection activities that are done outside. After completing this training you get a provisional certification as a Certified Forest Therapy Guide. To view the available trainings scroll down
STEP 2
After completing month 4 you can attend a 4-day in-person immersion, for hands on forest therapy guiding experience with trainers and fellow students. You have two years time to complete this step. To view the available immersions click here
STEP 3
After completing the 6-month remote training and the 4-day in- person immersion, you will receive your permanent certification as an ANFT Certified
Forest Therapy Guide
and be part of the largest Forest Therapy
Guide Community Worldwide. Click here to see the guide´s map.
IMPORTANT: Before you send out your application, please make sure that the
schedule for the calls works for you and your time zone. Check the detailed Schedule HERE